vKiP, vKi & CapyLink FAQ’s

*** vKi and vKiP are no longer offered for sale. CapyLink has been discontinued.***

vKi and vKi lite require an iPhone or iPod touch (iPhone OS 5.1 or higher), while vKiP runs on the iPad. In addition, vKiP, vKi and vKi lite need EITHER:
  • Symbolic Sound Kyma system x.87 running on Paca or Pacarana sound engine running latest firmware - i.e. with "Midi over OSC" support
  • WiFi access to the same computer network the Paca(rana) is connected to
  • Symbolic Sound Kyma system x.87 running on a Cabybara 320 (or later) sound engine
  • WiFi access to the same computer network the Capybara is connected to
  • Delora Software Capylink user agent program (for installation on a Mac running OSX 10.5.8 or later)
Kyma's OSC support, including "Midi-over-OSC", was realized through the Paca and Pacarana's operating system. The Capybara does not offer these facilities so it cannot be used with applications like vKi, vKi lite, and vKiP that rely on the OSC features.

CapyLink provides a subset of the Paca(rana)'s OSC features that make the Capybara suitable to use with vKi, vKi lite, and vKiP with very few limitations. However it does not add any OSC features beyond those used by these Delora Software applications.
No. vKiP, vKi and vKi lite, when used with a Paca or Pacarana, do not require any additional programs other than Kyma itself so it can be used with any computer and OS supported by Kyma.
Unfortunately no. CapyLink is a native OSX application to insure best performance, compatibility, and reliability. However CaoyLink is an efficient program that will run on almost any Power PC or Intel Mac, provided the Mac is running at least OSX 10.5.8 (Leopard). This means that an older Mac, or a Mac Mini could be used to run CapyLink. CapyLink does not need to run on the same computer that is running Kyma. You could have your Windows computer running Kyma while using the auxilliary Mac to run CapyLink, as well as some of the other outstanding OSX software unique to the Mac.
vKi, vKi lite, and vKiP all rely on Kyma's VCS integrated MotorMix support. Kyma sound engines prior to the Capybara 320 lack 100% MotorMix support. So even with CapyLink you still will not be able to use these control applications.
No. vKiP, vKi and vKi lite require a WiFi network connection.
Not directly. Even if "wide area networking" was supported you would likely find the results unsatisfactory. Network performance would result in a noticeable lag between adjusting a setting and hearing the result of that adjustment.
No. vKiP, vKi and vKi lite are designed to work specifically with Symbolic Sound's Kyma software and hardware sound design workstation. It is not intended for use with any other software or hardware product.
vKiP, by virtue of the iPad's large screen size, is a fully featured VCS ("virtual control surface") for Kyma, providing much of the Kyma control functionality you are used to working with on your computer screen. In fact, our goal was to place all main controls on one iPad screen for easy accessibility, while having appropriately sized controls for a touch screen device. vKiP emulates the functionality of our vM2 application that works on the Lemur device, and to a major extent, the original MotorMix hardware controller for Kyma.

vKi offers those Kyma features most useful in a small "remote control device" like the iPhone or iPod touch. Controls and screen layout are optimized for "one-hand" operation. Categories of features are quickly accessed using the Tab bar.
vKi and vKi lite are made for the iPhone or iPod touch. vKi's features include:
  • Manipulate and set Kyma sound parameters through faders and "rotary-faders" optimized for touch-screen control
  • Control parameters with normal or fine adjustment mode
  • Browse or load-in Kyma sound snapshots
  • Adjust Kyma's master volume or mute all sound
vKi lite provides a subset of vKi features that allow you to experience the potential of using the iPhone or iPod touch as a VCS controller. vKi lite offers (a maximum of) four fader and four "fader-rotary" parameter controls, each with a Fine adjust mode option. This functionality will handle a surprisingly large number of Kyma sounds in most libraries.
"VCS" is short for "virtual control surface". This is Symbolic Sound's term describing its system to control Kyma sound parameters in real time from the computer or an external "control surface" device. Kyma includes an extensive software-based "VCS" that you operate with your mouse and computer screen. It also provides a way to assert identical control over a Kyma sound using a small number of supported hardware controllers. Your iPhone or iPod touch running vKi and vKi lite, or iPad running vKiP, become one of these supported controllers.
vKiP is a complete VCS controller so use it as you would any other physical control surface. We find that placing the iPad in some type of case that angles its surface improves usability. However what makes vKiP special compared to other Kyma VCS options is its wireless connectivity. Not only does this reduce cable clutter in the studio but it also affords the opportunity to easily control Kyma from any location in the studio, or even another room, provided you have adequate WiFi coverage. One way we enjoy using vKiP is to comfortably sit back in the listening "sweetspot" and manipulate Kyma. Feet up on the desk is of course optional.
It is best to view vKi and vKi lite as a "Kyma remote control" instead of a replacement for a full Kyma VCS controller like vKiP, vM2, vKA, and of course the original MotorMix. vKi is meant for one-handed use. This and its easy portability makes it possible to adjust a Kyma setting from anywhere in your studio, even the next room. One handed operation also makes it possible to adjust a setting while playing a keyboard, drum pad, or other MIDI controller connected to your Kyma system. vKi provides ready access to the most common Kyma VCS controls and for many sounds, will be all you need to liberate your Kyma sound "tweaking" from the tyranny of mouse and screen. However, if you are looking for more complete, total Kyma VCS control you should investigate our iPad product vKiP, or our other Kyma controllers, vM2 and vKA.
Yes! This is an excellent use. The mobility of your iPhone, iPod touch and iPad makes vKiP and vKi suitable for performance use. Just make sure that you have a reliable WiFi set up on stage.
This is an unusual situation as vKiP, vKi and vKi lite normally ensure that their faders and rotaries reflect current VCS values. However as we all know things happen in the real world and all VCS compatible controllers may from time to time appear to be out of step with the VCS on your computer screen. vKiP, vKi and vKi lite provide a special "resync" feature you can use when you suspect this has occurred. Simply press the “Refresh Controls” button on the Info screen.
No, this is the same behavior you will experience with any VCS controller that supports snapshot browsing. You hear the snapshots change when stepping through them in the "Browse and Load" toolbar, but unfortunately Kyma does not send the name of the active snapshot if you change it on the computer or from vKi. This is why vKi “grays out” the name in the display. You can, however, see the name of the loaded preset on the Kyma computer screen.
This is normal VCS behavior that you will experience with any VCS compatible controller. When you move an on-screen fader using the mouse, the VCS does not send any indication of change to vKi/vKi lite (or any other control surface) until you release the mouse button. However if your mouse or trackball has a “scroll wheel” that is set up properly you can adjust the on-screen fader using that and vKiP/vKi/vKi lite will display the change as expected.
Kyma uses a "banking system" to afford access to more settings than there are faders and rotary controls. Kyma's original VCS hardware controller, the MotorMix, offered eight faders and eight rotaries so much of how the VCS operates reflects this. So, for example, if a Kyma sound offers ten faders the hardware controller would have to "bank" so that its eight faders could then control faders 9 and 10.

vKi uses a similar banking scheme to manage the relationship between its four faders and rotaries and those seen on the computer VCS display. The arrow buttons at the top of the Fader and Rotaries screens control which group of four VCS faders (or rotaries) vKi is currently displaying and controlling. When vKi determines that the active bank is what it believes is the first or last, it will dim the appropriate button so you know there are no more faders or rotaries to access.
vKiP is a full featured VCS compatible control. Kyma's extensive VCS controller support is based on the original Motor Mix hardware product. vKiP follows the same conventions as the Motor Mix so we felt it best to have the bank arrow buttons operate in a manner consistent with not only the Motor Mix but also our vM2 product.
Sure. vKiP, vKi, and our other controllers like vM2 and vKA are all designed to work together in a cooperative fashion. You can even throw a Motor Mix into the fray! There are, however, some restrictions that are a consequence of how Kyma's VCS uses external controllers. In particular changing a Kyma parameter from say vKi will not show an update on vKiP. However if you change Kyma sounds or snapshots, or change a VCS parameter on the computer screen, all connected controllers will properly update to reflect the new value.

So why use more than one? The answer is really convenience. For example say you are running vKiP with the iPad on your desktop and you need to move over to your keyboard controller to record a part. You could carry the iPad over with you but vKi's one handed operation, and the easy portability of an iPhone or iPod touch is more convenient. Also each of vM2, vKA, vKi, and vKiP offer different ways to physically interact. vM2 offers the robust, desktop-friendly Lemur. vKA has the advantage of physical rotary (and "fader") controls and switches. vKi and vKiP offer fantastic touch control and a completely portable, untethered experience.
These symptoms will occur if you have Bluetooth enabled on your iPad. Go the the Settings application on the iPad, click on "General", and set Bluetooth to OFF. When you are finished using vKiP you can turn Bluetooth back on if you wish.
Typically the firewall is operating in your network router connected to the Internet. This does not require any additional set up. Likewise if the firewall is running on your computer, and you are not using KymaConnect or CapyLink, then the firewall should not affect operation.

In general a firewall can affect set up if it is between your iDevice and the Paca(rana). The reason is that the Paca(rana) and vKiP/vKi/vKi lite receive and send OSC messages. The firewall must be set up to allow those messages through on the ports currently used by the iDevice and Paca(rana). This can become fiddly to set up properly and for this reason we encourage you to set up your network so that both the iDevice and the Paca(rana) are "behind" your firewall.

If you have an unusual requirement then the firewall must be set up to allow port numbers in the range 49,152 - 65,535 to allow your iDevice to send and receive UDP messages, and likewise port 8000 for your Paca(rana). vKiP/vKi/vKi lite each attempt to reuse the same port number, provided it is not already in use on your iDevice, so you may be able to restrict the open ports to just that port. Keep in mind though that this could change and you will then have to reconfigure the firewall.
Typically the firewall is operating in your network router connected to the Internet. This does not require any additional set up.

If the firewall is between your Mac running CapyLink and your iDevice then you will have to set it up to allow network traffic between the Mac and your iDevice. See the previous question for more information about this.

If your Mac where you run CapyLink uses OSX's built-in firewall then you have to set it up to allow CapyLink and your iDevice to communicate. Leopard's and Snow Leopard's firewall will automatically ask permission to allow CapyLink to send and receive messages. CapyLink attempts to reuse the same port each time you start CapyLink so this request should be infrequent. However if the last port used is currently in use by another application when CapyLink is started then CapyLink will use a different port and you will be asked by the firewall to allow that port.

Other types of firewall software must allow you to open a "UDP" port in the range 49,152 - 65,535. Again even though CapyLink dynamically assigns the port it will attempt to reuse the same port it used the last time it ran. So there is no need to open all of these ports.
BlueTooth network connections are not currently supported. The reasons are numerous for why this facility is not supported but the primary reasons are 1) iOS has very restricted use for BlueTooth networking, mainly for support of GameCenter; 2) Network performance is too limited to support responsive controllers.

This second reason is significant. BlueTooth offers only a fraction of the data throughput that Wi-Fi offers and in many uses it suffers from latency. This causes controller actions to seem sluggish and unresponsive. BlueTooth also suffers from limited connection range.

For vKiP, note that network MIDI does not work over BlueTooth for the same reasons.
vKiP requires a CoreMIDI compatible iOS USB MIDI interface. However some iOS USB MIDI interfaces have issues handling MIDI SYSEX data. The native Kyma MIDI control surface support that vKiP uses requires the use of SYSEX messages in both directions. These messages are primarily used for LCD updates so the SYSEX traffic load is not too demanding, except for when a parameter value is displayed and is being actively updated.

A few iPad MIDI interfaces have reportedly suffered from overall SYSEX compatibility issues. This has been reported as an issue by owners of the Alesis IO Dock (see Alesis 10 Dock SYSEX compatibility). We have not tested the IO Dock so we cannot confirm this alleged problem. If you are considering an IO Dock we recommend you contact Alesis directly to determine what the current status is. In general we recommend confirming full MIDI support for any iOS MIDI interface by testing it with the apps you wish to use before investing in it.